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Pfizer vaccine to be offered to some 12-17 year olds

Planning underway for changes, Gov't says

Some children on the Isle of Man will be offered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

It comes after a recent review in the UK, by the JCVI, which looked at the benefits and risks of offering jabs to children and younger people.

The vaccine will be offered to anyone aged 12-15 with underlying health conditions which put them at serious risk of illness.

It'll also be available to children between 12-17 who share a household with someone who's immunosuppressed.

Seventeen-year-olds, who are within three months of turning 18, will also be offered the jab.

Government says planning for the change is underway and more details will be once certain documents are received from the British government.

Anyone who falls into the categories is invited to call 111 to register their interest but is asked not to visit the vaccine hub yet.

Previously, jabs had only been offered to adults, those who're extremely clinically vulnerable and 16-17 year olds with underlying conditions.

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